Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.

French Foreign Policy: Maintaining Global Ambitions

French foreign policy: Maintaining global ambitions
Adrian Treacher

In this chapter, Adrian Treacher reminds us that French foreign policy is the product of both deep historical traditions and geopolitical circumstances. Once one of the most powerful countries in Europe, France experienced past military defeats that limited its influence. French foreign policy during the Cold War was characterized by the drive for security and restoration of its great power status. Under the leadership of President Charles de Gaulle, France developed a nuclear deterrent, maintained neo-colonial ties to Africa, fostered a close Franco-German partnership, and served as an architect of European integration. Today, France continues its drive for global influence in the face of new and dynamic challenges.

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